cstmar01 wrote: »
then we will see the merger of the Best Buy with Wally World and Taco Bell so then I can eat a burrito, buy the TP To use later and find a TV to use in my bathroom to watch the world come to an end.
grimmace19 wrote: »
I would consider buying a tv from walmart if I was in the market for a new one and would do the same with an entry level receiver if the price was right and had a need for it.
Danny Tse wrote: »
While I have not heard Onkyo's HiTB systems, I've read that they're very good. So perhaps Onkyo at Walmart will actually raise the performance bar for what are being carried there?
mystik610 wrote: »
I actually started with an Onkyo HTiB, which over the course of 2 years continues to evolve into what I have now.
Their HTiB's are very good IMO, especially considering that they're priced closely to the Sony and Samsung HTiBs. You get a good receiver (some come with a TX-SR60x), a set of decently sized speakers with respectable drivers, and a pretty good sub. My old HTiB sub was comprable to the PSW10. The best part is, the whole system is connected with old fashioned speaker wire, unlike most HTiB systems, which use proprietary connectors...probably because Sony/Samsung HTiB's have such crappy amplifiers that they'll clip trying to drive 'real' speakers. This gives you the ability to start relatively with a full 7.1 system, and upgrade over-time.
clarknova_666 wrote: »
Onkyo needs more distribution - these high end retailers are just not cutting it:http://www.us.onkyo.com/locations_intdealer.cfm
but seriously - I wish more manufacturers would start selling their gear online themselves; cutting out the middle man and putting more money in the hands of the people that make things.
yepimonfire wrote: »
i don't agree with that completly, while most of BB stuff isnt all that good they sell some klipsch and polk speakers there, maybe not top of the line but certainly not bad. they have alot of bose stuff though :rolleyes: which any real audiphile knows bose is a lousy company interested in catering to idiots who find 100hz boom impressive. they have alot of nice tvs, receivers, computers, dvd players, etc. but, someone who has no idea what they are doing will usually end up with the junk they have mixed in with the good stuff.
mystik610 wrote: »
Walmart sells Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic TV's...does that make them crap?
Jetmaker737 wrote: »
There's nothing good about it. It will drive standards lower due to the relentless Walmart ethic of cheapening and degrading any commodity they get their hands on.
LuSh wrote: »
Walmart dictates retail pricing. Meet my demands or goodbye. I'm purchasing 10,000 units this month and this is the price I'm paying. Walmart appeals to one thing and one thing only. The complete bottom line price. There is no service, reasonable way to listen to product. Price, Price, Price. If something doesn't sell it's being cheapened. As more inventory is purchased products must be moved down in order to meet price points. Can't do it? Figure out a way or we'll stop buying. Walmart is the worlds largest dealer of consumable goods. The one retail store has purchasing power greater then many countries GDP. They've reported total sales of 99.1 Billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. One would assume half a trillion dollars this fiscal year is not unreasonable. The perfect Wal-mart vision is simple: Control all of global retail to the point where our best customers are our own employee's. This quote from Reuters tells you all you need to know about 'the big picture'.
"For the time being, Wal-Mart paints a bleak view of its U.S. customers, saying that the use of foods stamps and other government benefits to pay for its goods is up significantly from a year earlier."
This is the best case scenario for a company that thrives on price.
mystik610 wrote: »
The need for companies like Walmart...and the diminished quality of goods in general is masking the deterioration of the dollar, and the deterioration of wealth in the United States...particularly in the lower and middle class. Speaking purely in terms of prices, the dollar has inflated at a comfortable rate of about 4% annually, but the quality of the goods we're purchasing has dropped much more significantly. From a relative standpoint, we're buying lower quality versions of goods at the same relative price of goods that we were purchasing 30 years ago. The growth of the buying power of the dollar and the wealth of the US is being out-paced by the rising cost of raw commodities and materials...the only way to keep the cost of end products within an affordable range and prevent hyper-inflation is to use lesser quality materials, and utilize cheaper, often lower quality, production/manufacturing methods.
xcapri79 wrote: »
The furniture industry is a good example of the above. The stuff available today from the big boxes stores that is made overseas is dreadful.
At one time, this country produced high quality furniture for resaonable prices.
The big box stores killed that.